5 Places to Visit in the Sierra Foothills

Terra D'oro Winery
Photo by Meg Baggott

Retrace the trails that prospectors followed in 1849 through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Vineyards that produce a rich variety of wines surround quaint 19th-century towns.



 Sierra Foothills Road Map 

Map of the Sierra Foothills

5 Sierra Foothills Destinations

  1. Photo by Andrew Rutherford

    Sutter's Mill

    California’s first gold strike in 1848 took place at the northern end of this wine route, where Sutter’s Mill once stood. The historic locale is now part of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, where visitors can still pan for gold.

  2. Photo by Meg Baggott

    Renwood Winery

    One of the biggest and best wineries in the Foothills, Renwood offers an extensive tasting menu, snack options and comfortable indoor and outdoor areas to chill with friends.

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    Terra d’Oro Winery

    The name translates as “Land of Gold.” This winery (formerly known as Montevina) offers a taste of history with its Deaver Zinfandel made from a 130-year-old vineyard, plus nine other consistently fine wines.

  4. Photo by Andrew Rutherford

    Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar

    Cozy and casually elegant, this restaurant in Plymouth serves arguably the best food in the Foothills. It’s a convenient stop for lunch or dinner after a tour of wineries in the Shenandoah Valley.

  5. Photo by Meg Baggott

    Columbia State Historic Park

    Stroll through the rustic Gold Rush ambience of the historic business district of Columbia. Shop from merchants dressed in 1850s clothing or grab a ride on a 100-year-old stagecoach.

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Published on June 7, 2017
Topics: Travel